emacs VS neovim

Compare emacs vs neovim and see what are their differences.


My literate emacs config (by mohkale)


Vim-fork focused on extensibility and usability (by neovim)
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emacs neovim
1 554
5 50,320
- 2.5%
9.0 9.9
16 days ago about 3 hours ago
YASnippet Vim Script
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Posts with mentions or reviews of emacs. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-01-07.
  • Evil ain't Vim
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/vim | 7 Jan 2021
    Maintainability and readability I suppose. Take for example my emacs config, it's a massive. It's got everything from bindings, commands, documentation and more. This is the kind of thing you can build because you're using a modern-ish language that's designed for this.


Posts with mentions or reviews of neovim. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-24.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing emacs and neovim you can also consider the following projects:

doom-emacs - An Emacs framework for the stubborn martian hacker

neovide - No Nonsense Neovim Client in Rust

pylance-release - Documentation and issues for Pylance

vim9 - An experimental fork of Vim, exploring ways to make Vim script faster and better.

typescript-language-server - TypeScript & JavaScript Language Server

vim-polyglot - A solid language pack for Vim.

powerlevel10k - A Zsh theme

lightline.vim - A light and configurable statusline/tabline plugin for Vim

intellij-lsp-server - Exposes IntelliJ IDEA features through the Language Server Protocol.

vim-visual-multi - Multiple cursors plugin for vim/neovim

nvim-ts-closetag - Use treesitter to auto close and auto rename html tag

FiraCode - Free monospaced font with programming ligatures